Oh my! Are these the same conservatives who advocate pillorying anyone who in their view are disrespectful of that other US symbol, the flag?
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"What’s in a name? that which we call a Dem
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Richards would, were he not Democrat call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Tom, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself."
I am not at all impressed with all of this hand-wringing.
For whatever reason, the Democratic Party voters who cared enough to show up at the polls chose Lovely Warren as their mayoral candidate. It does not matter what the circumstances were - they showed up. So, Lovely Warren is the Democratic candidate, fair and square. Fine!
Tom Richards will have his name on the ballot twice - on the Independence and Working Families lines. So he is a doubly visible candidate with the incumbent's credentials. Good!
Alex White is on the ballot on the Green Party line. Another perfectly legitimate candidate whose voice and opinions have been consistent and strong in our community for years. Excellent!
Finally, the GOP has admitted that they are not a viable party, at least in the City, and are nowhere to be found. I, for one, don't miss them at all.
So, we have three visible and viable candidates, each with a fair chance and each with a dramatically different personality and vision. The voters are not so dull as to be incapable of making a decision based upon individual qualifications rather than party label.
It's time to forget the primaries and the party labels. Think of them as running under the labels Orange, Blue, and Purple if you wish, and focus on the candidates themselves.
Toby, in past years, you were right - I was part of a very small group riding in Rochester in the winter, and I did not do so consistently. However, that is changing - this year I commuted to work and ran errands almost every day on my bicycle, with studded snow tires. More significantly, I saw many cyclists out on the streets along with me. Not thousands, or even hundreds, yet - but dozens.
Rochester is not Portland, as you point out. We are much more like Minneapolis and Boston, two other very active year-round cycle transportation communities, in our winter challenges. (In fact, I would claim that Rochester is between those two cities in winter cycling environment.)
It is true that for Rochester to be a more attractive year-round cycling city some changes will have to be made.
Snow removal on major cycle routes must be done to accommodate bicycles as well as automobiles. Winter storms here result in snow and ice obstructing the parts of the road that cyclists normally use; we are forced then to occupy (legally, I might add) the same narrowed lanes used by automobiles. I really don't mind, but other cyclists may be intimidated, and automobile traffic is certainly slowed by my presence.
Traffic signals will need to be modified to be able to detect bicycles. While it is "feasible" (albeit awkward, inconvenient, and somewhat dangerous) for a cyclist to request a green light at a traffic signal by going onto the sidewalk and pushing the pedestrian cross button in the summer, it is impossible to do so in the winter when access to the pedestrian cross button is obstructed by a 6 foot wide, 4 foot high snowbank.
Bike-specific infrastructure will require winter maintenance. As with sidewalks, bicycle and multi-use paths must be plowed promptly with the intent that they be open when commuters need them.
So far I have avoided the rather cliche proverb, but I'll say it:
There is no such thing as bad cycling weather, only bad cycling gear!
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